Great horned owls

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The prairies around High River are dotted with small stands of trees.  These islands on the grasslands are usually home for a good number of birds.  Last weekend, I visited a long running favorite stand of mine where a pair of great horned owls have raised chicks for 30+ years I have been told.

The morning I arrived, the female was in the nest – presumably the eggs are incubating now.  The male was perched nearby and over the course of an hour he made two sorties to other trees and grabbed one field mouse along the way.

Other than that little bit of action, there was a lot of dozing in the nest and a few very slow blinks by the male too.  He kept his eyes on the magpies that came nearby now and then as well as anything else that flew or drove by.  But it was…

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UK minister voices support for Gibraltar in Madrid talks

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© AFP/File | Brexit minister David Davis has voiced Britain’s “steadfast” support for Gibraltar in talks with Spain’s foreign minister in Madrid

LONDON (AFP) – 

Brexit minister David Davis voiced Britain’s “steadfast” support for Gibraltar in talks with Spain’s foreign minister in Madrid on Monday amid a bitter sovereignty row over the tiny outcrop.

Davis’s visit to Spain had been planned for weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters in London, although it had not been made public.

Speaking to Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis, Davis “echoed what the prime minister has already made clear in terms of our legal position around Gibraltar and the face that we will be steadfast in our support for Gibraltar,” the spokesman told a weekly briefing.

David Davis, the Brexit minister, will make a statement to the Commons todayDavid Davis, the Brexit minister, will make a statement to the Commons todayCREDIT: PA

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Davis also spoke with other ministers in Madrid and Spanish investors in…

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Corruption in Philippines courts a trade barrier – US says

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A report by the United States Trade Representative shows that the prevalence of corruption in the Philippines remains a significant barrier to trade with the US. The report says that despite firm commitment from the Bureau of Customs to use transaction values to assess duties on imports, it stil continues to use reference prices, which are well above transaction prices, for valuation of meat and poultry. STAR/File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – The prevalence of corruption in the Philippines – including in the judiciary – has remained a significant barrier to trade with the United States, a report by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) shows.

“Corruption is a pervasive and longstanding problem in the Philippines. Both foreign and domestic investors have expressed concern about the propensity of Philippine courts and regulators to stray beyond…

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